Entry requirements

A degree in Music. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The PhD or Mphil may be undertaken in Composition, Performance, or by Thesis.

Research topics for MPhil/PhD by thesis may be proposed in any area closely related to the research interests of current members of staff. Students work independently with regular supervision from their research supervisor, and attend research seminars (normally four each term).

Thesis titles from recent years include:

  • Music and Language in the Works of Samuel Beckett;
  • Beyond Simplicity: Approaches to the Analysis of Contemporary Music;
  • Melodic Oganisation and Improvisation in Thai Music with Special Reference to the Thaang Ranaat Eek;
  • A Ghanaian Perspective on the Changing Role of Traditional African Music in a Contemporary Society;
  • Passion and Persuasion: The Art of Rhetoric and the Performance of Early 17th Century Solo Sonatas.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

PhD by taught

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322843